Equilibria of ternary system acetic acid-water-CO2 under subcritical conditions

Jose M. Jimenez Gutierrez, Solange I. Mussatto, Joana Tsou, Rob Verlinden, Adrie J J Straathof, Luuk A. M. van der Wielen

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Carbon dioxide has been subject of research in the past decades, with special attention targeting different uses of this “greenhouse” gas as raw material, technological fluid, building block or as a carbon supply for fuels, turning it from a pollutant to a green resource. Albeit likely it will be returned to the atmosphere (as part of the carbon cycle), CO2 is an inexpensive and clean source with numerous industrial applications in diverse fields: from chemical processes to biotechnological purposes [1].
Many of these studies have been focused on supercritical CO2, due to its broad potential uses in a very wide range of applications. However, those conditions, especially the levels of high pressure required at larger scale, involve certain equipment limitations. An alternative to overcome those restrictions is to use subcritical carbon dioxide.
In order to understand the different systems to be tackled within the bio-process design comprising subcritical CO2, and therefore to improve its applicability, it becomes necessary to investigate the behaviour of such gas at different conditions. Some bioprocesses which require CO2 might also involve the presence of other substances in the medium, such as acetic acid in fermentations [2, 3]. Thus, from a biotechnological perspective, it is highly interesting to research on the system CO2—H2O with different concentrations of acetic acid (HAc). Based on previous studies [4, 5], this project aims to investigate the vapour/liquid equilibria (VLE) of the ternary system HAc—H2O—CO2 at different subcritical conditions. A proposed computer model could be validated with experimental data, leading to a certain degree of adjustment due to specific factors, such as the binary interaction parameter kij, used in the model based on the Peng-Robinson EoS coupled with the mixing rules, or in the calculation of the cross second virial coefficients proposed by Prausnitz [6].
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventBiotechnology, creating opportunities - Hotel de Wageningsche Berg, Wageningen, Netherlands
Duration: 16 May 201716 May 2017
Conference number: 17


ConferenceBiotechnology, creating opportunities
LocationHotel de Wageningsche Berg
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